BRIDLEWOOD FARM - A HISTORY OF TRADITION
Bridlewood Farm was originally established in the late 1940's as a breeding and training facility for Tennessee Walking Horses. It then became a well known farm for breeding and raising Standardbred race horses.
In 1990, the farm was purchased by veterinarian Dr. Barabara Schmidt and her husband, Frederick Abblett to serve as a base for her equine veterinary practice. The farm is also the home of their Hanoverian breeding operation.
Photo: Nan Rawlins, www.equimage.com
ADIOS III - OUR FIRST HANOVERIAN STALLION
Purchase of the farm enabled the couple to aquire their first Hanoverian stallion, Adios III. He was acquired from leading Hanoverian importer Graf Bae Farm in 1991. Graf Bae Farm was instrumental in importing the finest Hanoverian brood mares into the United States and also imported several important Hanoverian stallions. Adios III (Arsenik/Diplomat/Wöhler), who was imported from the state stud at Celle, proved to be an outstanding sire, producing many successful competition horses and quality Hanoverian broodmares until his untimely death at the age of 17.
AUF WIEDERSEHEN - OUR FIRST BROODMARE
Auf Wiedersehen (Adios III/Woermann/Marconi) was purchased as a four year old from Graf Bae Farm. She was subsequently bred to Graf Bae's successful Grand Prix stallion Domingo (Durkheim/Bleep xx). From the very beginning Auf Wiedersehen was a successful broodmare. Her first foal D'Esprit was champion mare at her American Hanoverian Society (AHS) mare inspection. Her subsequent offspring Briana by Bordeaux (Bolero/Grande) tied for the highest scoring mare in the US of all mares inspected by the AHS in 1999. She went on to have many successful offspring who are currently showing in dressage and open jumpers. Four year old Donnerwolke (Donnerkeil/Adios III) was recently Reserve High Point Champion at the 2005 KDA Spring Dressage Show. Auf Wiedersehen passed away in 2004 and is sadly missed by all who knew her.
BRIDLEWOOD FARM - ACTIVE IN THE HANOVERIAN COMMUNITY
Bridlewood Farm has been a prominant host site for 13 annual American Hanoverian Society Mare and Foal Inspections. It has always been a popular site for Hanoverian breeders from many states in the Mid-West. Bridlewood's inspections are known for their well organized and executed schedule of events and friendly, accommodating hospitality.
Babara Schmidt, DVM continued this tradition by helping to organize the large 2005 AHS Inspection which was held at Paxton Farm located in Batavia, Ohio. Photo: Bob Tarr
OUR GERMAN LIASON
Dr. Schmidt travels to Germany each year for the Annual Stallion Licensing (Hengstkoerung) of approximately 100 two-year old Hanoverian stallions in Verden. These young stallions are pre-selected from the approximately 6-7000 Hanoverian colts born each year in the Hanoverian breeding region.
While in Germany she is able to further evaluate and research bloodlines which will benefit American breeders. She makes numerous visits to both private stallion stations and the Hanoverian state stud at Celle and has met legendary stallions such as Fabuleux's sire Fabriano and Longchamp (shown in photo at left).
HANOVERIAN BREEDERS EXPERIENCE GERMANY!
Barbara Schmidt and a group of fellow American Hanoverian Society members and Hanoverian Breeders enjoyed a trip to Germany in the Fall of 2004. Pictured left to right are Barbara Schmidt, DVM, Thora Khademazad, Cedar Hill Hanoverians, Cedar Hill, Texas, and JoAnn Thomas, Vista Ridge Farm, Wedderburn, Oregon. In front, is our hostess, Inga Kuhn.
Inga and her husband Klaus are the breeders of Fabuleux, Augustehof, Koenigslutter, Germany. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting their breeding farm Augustehof. It was interesting to meet several of Fabuleux's wonderful States Premium full sisters and their foals. (www.augustehof.de)
The group then visited the 100-day stallion testing site at Adelheidsdorf, and toured the beautiful city of Celle and the famous Hanoverian State Stud located in this historic German site.
BRIDLEWOOD FARM - SHOWING AND PROMOTING HANOVERIANS
Bridlewood Farm's stallions, mares and their offspring have had great success at numerous breed shows. Since 1995, the farm has sponsored the Adios III Perpetual Memorial Trophy for the highest placing Hanoverian at the MSCTDA show which is held each September at the Kentucky Horse Park. This memorial trophy is housed at the American Hanoverian Society headquarters. Pictured at left is EM Daune Braeburn (Domingo/Duftig/Duft II) with owner Barbara Schmidt, DVM and AHS Executive Director Hugh Bellis-Jones. Duane was the Mare Champion and High Point Hanoverian at the MSCTDA Dressage Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky.
2006 TOUR OF GERMANY
In October of 2006, Dr. Barbara Schmidt and fellow Hanoverian breeders Peg Lansing, (Fleur de lis Hanoverians of Prospect, KY) and Susan Baranski (Moose Tail Farm, Conyers, GA) enjoyed the historic beauty of the German city of Celle. Celle retains much of its historic architecture and is also the reknown home of Langestuet Celle, the Hanoverian State Stud.
THE HANOVERIAN STATE STUD AT CELLE
(Left to right) Peg Lansing, Dr. Barbara Schmidt, and Susan Baranski pose near the famous rearing stallion statue located on the beautifully manicured grounds of Langestuet Celle before touring the stallion barns.
2006 STALLION OF THE YEAR LAURIES CRUSADOR XX
Dr. Schmidt meets Lauries Crusador XX at Celle before the award ceremony naming him 2006 Hanoverian Stallion of the Year. This was the first time in history for a thoroughbred stallion to ever be honored with this prestigious award! Bridlewood Farm is proud to be awaiting a foal by Lauries Crusador XX out of our lovely broodmare SPA/EMC Dacapria (Dacaprio/Matcho) in 2007!
THE STALLION LICENSING AT VERDEN
After touring Celle, we visited the 70 Day Stallion testing at Adelheidsdorf and then spent three days at Verden for the Hanoverian Hengstköring (Stallion Licensing) and Hengst Market (Stallion Auction). On the first day, 103 stallions were presented on the triangle for evalutation of conformation and the walk and trot in hand. These stallion are preselected from over 880 stallions. Of the select 103, only 64 were licensed in 2007 by the Hanoverian Verband.
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE TRIANGLE
It was a beautiful day to watch the stallions as they were presented to the VhW judges.
THE SECOND DAY OF THE STALLION LICENSING AT VERDEN
The licensing moves indoors on the second day of testing under the watchful eyes of the VhW Judging Commission. In this phase, all stallions are presented at the walk, trot and canter and are judged in their free jumping technique in the jumping chute.
THE LICENSING ARENA
Spectators crowd the stands for this most popular phase of the licensing where over 100 stallions are evaluated for all gaits, walk, trot, free canter/gallop and in the jumping chute. The stallions then return in a walk ring as a group for final presentation. It is a long day - 12-14 hours! At the end of this day, the stallions are gekört (licensed) or non-gekört (non-licensed).
LAURIES CRUSADOR XX - 2006 HANOVERIAN STALLION OF THE YEAR
Much gratitude for his unprecedented accomplishments was evident from the large appreciative crowd in Verden as the exciting news was announced...Lauries Crusador xx was awarded the 2006 Hanoverian Stallion of the year! Now, history was being made--Lauries became the first Thoroughbred stallion ever to receive this prestigious award from the German Hanoverian Verband!
LAURIES CRUSADOR XX AWARD CEREMONY
Bridlewood Farm is pleased to have the wonderful State Premium daughter of Lauries Crusador xx, SPS Laureen, in our broodmare band. EMC Dacapria (Dacaprio/Matcho) produced a lovely filly by Lauries Crusador in 2007 which you can see on her mare page.